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University celebrates International Education Week

By Costa Maragos Posted: November 23, 2015 12:00 p.m.

Helping open International Education week are (l-r) Dr. Dena McMartin, Associate Vice-President of Academic and Research; Francisco Segura, student from Mexico studying at the U of R; Gina Soparlo, student majoring in International Studies; and Scott Moe, Minister of Advanced Education.
Helping open International Education week are (l-r) Dr. Dena McMartin, Associate Vice-President of Academic and Research; Francisco Segura, student from Mexico studying at the U of R; Gina Soparlo, student majoring in International Studies; and Scott Moe, Minister of Advanced Education. Photo by Rae Graham - U of R Photography.

The University of Regina’s special partnerships and collaborations with Mexican partner universities were celebrated at an event today to help kick off International Education Week, November 23 – 27.

The U of R has partnered with the Consulate of Mexico in Calgary to focus this year’s festivities on Mexico.

“Education plays a crucial role as a way to acquire global competencies,” says Livia Castellanos, Director of UR International. “In today’s world, it is critical that students have the opportunity and the leverage not only to study abroad, but to be aware of global issues as it puts an added benefit to their university credentials and makes them competitive in the labour market.”
 
The Minister of Advanced Education, Scott Moe, was on campus to officially open International Education Week.

“This special week highlights the importance of international education and the unique opportunity it provides for Saskatchewan post-secondary students to connect with other parts of the world,” says Moe. “It encourages our students to study abroad, and welcomes international students who bring diverse perspectives that enrich our classrooms and our communities.”
 
Since the signing of the first international agreement with a Mexican institution in 1997, Mexico has been a key partner country of the University of Regina.

Some of the recent initiatives are:

- development of the Canada-Mexico Round Table on Aboriginal/Indigenous Higher Education;
- professional Global Leadership Program for university staff;
- humanitarian Work Program for students to provide assistance to the families and children of marginalized communities.  
- multiple customized professional programs for faculty and staff of Mexican universities.
- short-Term Summer Exchange Program focussed on Indigenous history and culture for students;

One of the beneficiaries of the exchange program is Gina Soparlo, an undergraduate student who is majoring in International Studies. She will study in Puebla and Mexico City this summer.

“Through the partnerships that UR International and the University of Regina have established with the universities in Mexico, I will be able to learn, live and grow both personally and academically,” says Soparlo.

Another student, Francisco Seguro, is an undergraduate from Mexico studying at the U of R.

“So far it has been an enriching experience. The university provides a lot of tools to ensure my success, specifically as an international student,” says Seguro.

UR International has an exciting and interactive program for International Education Week for students, faculty, staff and members of the community.

There will be a series of presentations with various topics, including opportunities to go to Mexico on an academic exchange or as a visiting professor/researcher; a film series of Mexican modern cinema with screenings around Regina; and a photo exhibit, titled "Colours of Mexico", featuring the richness of Mexican people and landscapes.

UR International is hosting a "Day of the Dead” celebration on the evening of Thursday November 26 in the Multipurpose Room located in the Dr. William Riddell Centre, to embrace the vastness of Mexican culture and traditions.

Tickets for this event are for sale at College West (Room 109) for $10 each.

For a list of the weeklong events please visit here.

For more information on International Education Week please contact International.Relations@uregina.ca.